Howard E. Skolnick
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For over two decades Howard, an invited member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, has zealously represented seriously injured clients in both State and Federal Courts, litigating cases involving a variety of causes of action, such as wrongful death, birth/brain injuries, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability, motor vehicle accidents, slip and falls, bad-faith litigation against insurance companies, animal and dog bites, boating and water accidents and pedestrian accidents. A truly caring and passionate person, Howard's magnetic personality, coupled with his vast knowledge of the law, has won the hearts of jurors time and time again.

Practice Highlights

BIRTH/BRAIN INJURY/MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VERDICT - $17,000,000
Medical malpractice - cerebral palsy trial against an obstetrician and a hospital for failure to timely detect placental abruption/fetal distress and timely intervene via C-section, resulting in cerebral palsy and moderate mental impairment. The jury awarded $15,000,0000 for the child and $2,0000,0000 for the parents. A post-trial Motion for Pre-Judgment Interest resulted in a judgment of $32,000,000. The case resolved for a confidential amount after oral argument in the appellate court.

BRAIN INJURY/MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT - $3,600,000
Represented a woman whose neurosurgeon failed to detect evidence that an aneurysm in her brain was about to burst, which resulted in a catastrophic brain bleed. The matter resolved for $3,600,000.

TRUCK ACCIDENT VERDICT - $2,368,000
Represented a commercial truck driver for post-traumatic stress disorder sustained when a motorist intruded into his lane of travel, causing him to veer to his left to avoid a collision and then attempt to get his rig back into his lane of travel. After avoiding the collision, the driver was unable to prevent the rig from tuning onto its side and sliding into a wall adjacent to the highway. After the rig collided with the wall, the driver was trapped in his seat for about ninety minutes. During this time, the driver smelled the overpowering odor of diesel fuel, which had spilled onto the highway. Aware of the very real threat of a fire from the spilled diesel fuel, he valiantly and steadfastly maintained his composure until rescued. A previously very active, bold man, the driver became virtually housebound secondary to post-traumatic stress disorder. The jury awarded him $2,368,000.

MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT VERDICT - $243,000
Represented a man for soft tissue injuries sustained when a driver negligently drove her car into the car in which his wife was sitting while he was leaning into it and handing her mail. As a result of injuries sustained in the collision, he was unable to interact with his many grandchildren as he had before the collision. The jury awarded the seventy-five-year-old man $243,000.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE VERDICT - $150,000
Represented a patient on whom a general surgeon performed unnecessary hiatal hernia surgery, resulting in numerous complications. Trial went to verdict and the jury awarded plaintiff $150,000.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENTS - Confidential settlements
Represented children in multiple cases in which delivery was complicated by a shoulder dystocia (a difficult delivery because the infant's shoulder becomes stuck as he/she travels down the birth canal) and in which physicians failed to manage the dystocia within the standard of care by pulling hard on the head during delivery, resulting in brachial plexus injuries, which in turn resulted in various degrees of permanent paralysis to the infants' arms. These cases resulted in confidential settlements.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/WRONGFUL DEATH SETTLEMENT - Confidential settlement
Represented the family of a fifty-seven-year old restaurant owner whose interventional cardiologist failed to detect and timely intervene to repair a perforation of his left anterior descending artery that occurred during stent placement. This resulted in a condition known as cardiac tamponade, which caused the patient's heart to stop beating and he died. The case resolved for confidential amount.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE SETTLEMENT - Confidential settlement
Represented a young boy for his eye doctor's failure to detect and timely correct amblyopia, resulting in legal blindness in one eye. With significant allegations of parental negligence, this matter resolved for a confidential amount.

BIRTH/BRAIN INJURY/MEDICAL MALPRACTICE/WRONGFUL DEATH - Confidential settlement
Represented the mother of a deceased infant in which the obstetrician failed to detect and treat maternal hypertension during her pregnancy, resulting in stillbirth. This case resolved for a confidential amount.

PREMISES LIABILITY/WRONGFUL DEATH - Confidential settlement
Represented parents in a premises liability case in which they placed a crib for their infant in the only place most suitable in an apartment bedroom, which was beneath a window with a venetian blind. The infant became entangled in a blind cord, resulting in death by strangulation. With significant allegations of parental fault, the matter settled for a confidential amount.

Professional Associations and Memberships
• Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
• Million Dollar Advocates Forum
• Ohio State Bar Association, Member
• Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member

Areas of Practice

  • Automobile Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Truck Accidents
  • Birth Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Negligence
  • Wrongful Death
  • Product Liability
  • Catastrophic Injuries

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1997
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997

Education

  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1992
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    • B.S.
    • Major: Biological Science

Honors and Awards

  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, Invited Member
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers, Member

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association, Member

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